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Healx CEO Tim Guilliams among East of England finalists in EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year UK competition

Tim Guilliams, co-founder and CEO of Healx, is one of five East of England finalists in EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year UK programme.

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Tim Guilliams, left, founder and CEO of Healx, with fellow founder and CSO David Brown. Picture: Keith Heppell
Tim Guilliams, left, founder and CEO of Healx, with fellow founder and CSO David Brown. Picture: Keith Heppell

Tim is up against:

  • Jacyn Heavens, CEO of Epos Now, Norwich, a financial services and payments company;
  • Guy Braverman and Allen Hanouka, joint CEO and co-founder, and joint CEO of GAMA Healthcare in Hemel Hempstead, which specialises in manufacturing and distributing innovative infection prevention products.
  • Rob Bridgman, founder and CEO of Snug in Enfield, the UK’s first sofa-in-a-box company.

A regional judging panel will determine the winner, who will go on to represent their region nationally. The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK winner will be announced in November, and will represent the country at the ‘EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year’ in 2022, featuring entrepreneurs from more than 60 countries.

Stuart Wilkinson, office managing partner at EY in the East of England, said: “It’s great to see the diversity of entrepreneurial talent, from the region’s businesses, being showcased in EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year programme. The East of England is known for its innovation, across a variety of sectors. This year’s finalists are great examples of how entrepreneurs are utilising technology to grow their business and explore new markets.

“The programme recognises individuals who have been through the ups and downs of owning and building a successful company. It is the contributions of these individuals and their businesses that are making a huge impact on the local, regional and in many cases national economy – creating jobs, building confidence and inspiring others.

“We know that entrepreneurs will be at the heart of the UK’s post Covid-19 economic recovery, delivering the innovation and growth we need. The regional finalists are proof of how entrepreneurs have been unstoppable in the face of adversity over the past year, continuing to display incredible ambition to make a difference and solve some of our biggest challenges. Never before has it been so important to recognise and celebrate their achievements.”

Lynn Rattigan, EY’s chief operating officer for the UK & Ireland and EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK partner sponsor, said: “This year’s finalists are truly inspirational. At a time when many businesses have had to rapidly respond to the challenges posed by the pandemic, these entrepreneurs have shown they can innovate and adapt while also creating long term value for their clients and broader stakeholders. I’m delighted to welcome this year’s regional finalists to our entrepreneurial community and look forward to seeing their continued success.”

David Durlacher, CEO, Julius Baer International, the Entrepreneur Of The Year UK headline sponsor said: “Meeting the applicants for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK programme over the last few weeks has been truly inspiring – the strength of entrepreneurism across the UK is simply outstanding, particularly given the difficulties faced over the last 18 months from the pandemic. A huge congratulations to those who have made it through to be finalists – no easy feat amongst such tough competition.”

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